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 for crucial
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Crucial \Cru"cial\ (kr?"shal), a. [F. crucial, fr. L. crux,
     crucis, cross, torture. See Cross.]
     1. Having the form of a cross; appertaining to a cross;
        cruciform; intersecting; as, crucial ligaments; a crucial
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Severe; trying or searching, as if bringing to the cross;
        decisive; as, a crucial test.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a
             crisis; "a crucial moment in his career"; "a crucial
             election"; "a crucial issue for women" [syn: crucial,
             important] [ant: noncrucial]
      2: having crucial relevance; "crucial to the case"; "relevant
      3: of the greatest importance; "the all-important subject of
         disarmament"; "crucial information"; "in chess cool nerves
         are of the essence" [syn: all-important(a), all
         important(p), crucial, essential, of the essence(p)]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  55 Moby Thesaurus words for "crucial":
     aboriginal, acute, basal, basic, central, charged, clamorous,
     climacteric, compelling, critical, crying, deciding, decisive,
     desperate, dire, elemental, elementary, embryonic, emergent,
     essential, exigent, fundamental, generative, genetic, germinal,
     high-pressure, high-priority, imperative, imperious, important,
     in embryo, in ovo, insistent, instant, kairotic, loaded, major,
     momentous, necessary, original, pivotal, pregnant, pressing,
     primal, primary, primeval, primitive, primordial, pristine,
     protogenic, radical, rudimentary, seminal, urgent, vital

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